COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 195
September 22, 2006
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
of Public Instruction
The 2007 Prudential Spirit of
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in
1995 to recognize students in middle and high school grades who have
demonstrated exemplary community service.
These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in
partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP), are presented annually on the local, state, and national level. More than 70,000 young people have been honored
with Prudential Spirit of Community Awards over the past 11 years.
Financial is announcing the kickoff of the 2007 program for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is looking for eligible
students to participate. Any student who
is in grades 5 through 12 as of October 31, 2006, is a legal resident of one of
the 50 states of the United States or the District of Columbia, has engaged in
a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2005,
and who completes an application and submits it to a school principal or head
of an officially designated local organization by October 31, 2006, is eligible
are eligible for various prizes and awards, which are listed below.
- Local Honorees receive
a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify also receive the
Presidents Volunteer Service Award, recognizing their efforts to answer
the Presidents Call to Service.
- State Honorees receive
$1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip with a
parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May for several days of
recognition events, including award ceremonies, sight-seeing tours, and
Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.
- Distinguished finalists
(runners-up at the state level) receive engraved bronze medallions.
- Other top applicants at
the state level receive Certificates of Excellence.
- National Honorees
receive additional $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, and crystal
trophies for their schools or organizations. They also receive $5,000 grants from The
Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their
further information, please visit the Prudential Financial websites at www.prudential.com/spirit or www.principals.org/prudential,
call (888) 450-9961 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
to request an application packet. Also,
you may contact Penetha B. Robertson, middle school
English specialist, Office of Middle and High Instruction, by e-mail at email@example.com,
or by telephone at (804) 371-2588.